Paphies subtriangulata is a types of palatable bivalve mollusk known as tuatua in the Māori language, an individual from the family Mesodesmatidae and endemic to New Zealand. It is found on every one of the three of the fundamental New Zealand islands, covered in fine clean sand on sea shorelines.
The huge shell is deviated, with the pivot at one side. Its nearest relative, the pipi (Paphies australis), has a symmetrical shell.
The delicate pieces of the creature are a consumable delicacy, made into wastes or bubbled and served on the shell. Verifiably the species has been utilized as a nourishment source by the Māori, and its shell is a typical part of unearthed Māori middens.
The mollusk tunnels underneath the sand, and does as such in all respects rapidly, making it a test to burrow for now and again. It likewise squirts water when undermined. All tuatua are ensured with legitimate points of confinement on their catch. In certain regions one digger may pack close to 50 to 150 tuatuas every day, contingent upon area.